Mo Yan in Context

Mo Yan in Context

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qThis is the first English-language study of the Chinese writer's work and influence, featuring essays from scholars in a range of disciplines, from both China and the United States. Its introduction, twelve articles, and epilogue aim to deepen and widencritical discussions of both a specific literary author and the globalization of Chinese literature more generally. The book takes the qroot-seekingq movement with which Mo Yan's works are associated as a metaphor for its organizational structure. The four articles of qPart I: Leavesq focus on Mo Yan's works as world literature, exploring the long shadow his works have cast globally. Howard Goldblatt, Mo Yan's English translator, explores the difficulties and rewards of interpreting his work, while subsequent articles cover issues such as censorship and the qperformativityq associated with being a global author. qPart II: Trunkq explores the nativist core of Mo Yan's works. Through careful comparative treatment of related historical events, the five articles in this section show how specific literary works intermingle with China's national and international politics, its mid-twentieth-century visual culture, and its rich religious and literary conventions, including humor. The three articles in qPart III: Rootsq delve into the theoretical and practical extensions of Mo Yan's works, uncovering the vibrant critical and cultural systems that ground Eastern and Western literatures and cultures. Mo Yan in Context concludes with an epilogue by sociologist Fenggang Yang, offering a personal and globally aware reflection on the recognition Mo Yan's works have received at this historical junctureq--Themes such as alienation, love, memory, captivity, and freedom are intensified by its central topic of abortion. Frog also employs narrative strategies that require much from readers. ... On the surface, the ending of the story with a dramatic play being staged is the finished literary product of the narrator, who claims in his first anbsp;...

Title:Mo Yan in Context
Author: Angelica Duran, Yuhan Huang
Publisher:Purdue University Press - 2014

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